Community Engagement Archive | Alabama Shakespeare Festival
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ASF serves as a cultural hub for community interaction and provides unique avenues for personal and collective discovery.

This page archives our past community engagement events. To view upcoming events, click here.

ASF Insights

This series provides a thought-provoking and behind-the-scenes look at the work on the stage and the art of theatre. Held on select Saturdays:

December 8, 2018: The Cultural Impact of Rodgers & Hammerstein (video)

December 15, 2018: Bringing The Gospel of Luke to Life

February 2, 2019: A Conversation with Playwright Christina Ham (video)

February 23, 2019: From Grover’s Corners to Verona: Designing in Rep

March 30, 2019:  Finding Your Light: The Impact of Community Theatre (video) 

April 27, 2019: A Year in Review: Costuming in Repertory (video)

September 7, 2019: A Conversation with Buzz Playwright Susan Ferrara

October 19, 2019: From School to Prison: Exploring the Connection Between Education and Criminal Justice (video)

December 7, 2019: A Fleeting Moment of Humanity: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (video)

February 12, 2022: Macbeth with Dr. Susan Willis — How are events spun into history and then into theatre through time?

March 5, 2022: Little Shop of Horrors — Puppeteer J. Scott Grinstead

April 23, 2022: Freedom Rider — Putting the Move in Movement: The Journey of Reconciliation and the 1961 Freedom Rides

April 9, 2022: Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Freedom Rider

April 15, 2023: Million Dollar Quartet — Director David Ruttura

May 20, 2023: Clyde’s — Bryan Stevenson, Founder, Equal Justice Initiative



Conversations at Kress

Using the plays as inspiration, facilitators lead community town halls about current issues in our region. Guest panelists include local elected officials, school board members, students, thought leaders, community members, and artists. Select Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Hosted by Kress on Dexter.

Sponsored by Alabama State Council on the Arts and AARP. This programming is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

February 2, 2019: Civil Rights: Stories from the Movement (video)

March 2, 2019: It Takes a Village: Building Community

April 6, 2019: Agents of Change

April 16, 2022: Freedom Rider — The Arc of the Movement

February 12, 2023: Macbeth — Raising the Sons of Our Community, with special guests Attorney Milton Davis; Steven L. Reed, Mayor of the City of Montgomery; Mitchell Sneed, Founder and Executive Director of Suso Leadership Academy; and Alvin Tucker, Founder and Executive Director of Fortitude Leadership Academy.